Sorry I've been MIA. So excited to share that we were able to have our VBAC last Wednesday, January 30. Quite possibly the most incredible experience of my life.
We found our OB before we got pregnant. I wasn't looking forward to consults and being pregnant at the same time. However, our FET resulted in twins and, at 20 weeks, my OB decided she wasn't really comfortable with that. She was willing to let me VBAC if both were vertex, measuring small, came early and I went into labor on my own... Needless to say, I was not eager to be her first. So doctor shopping we went.
I was very lucky to have made some connections on this board and found a doula who I was corresponding with. After a couple of disappointing visits with other doctors, I found one at UMC - the teaching hospital for the U of A - who was very supportive. Not once did he try to convince me a c-section would be better. He even spent 2 hours with me going over research and statistics, my records, etc... It really touched me that he would take that much time when I wasn't even a patient. I switched my records to him the following week.
The pregnancy was incredible. (So much so that I'm very much missing my belly right now and having some postpartum issues. Please let me know if any of you have experienced this.) At 34 weeks, I had another scare because both babies decided to flip to complete breech. Still, my doctor has delivered breech and was still on for the VBAC. I thank my lucky stars that I had him because I'm sure any other doctor would have scheduled the c-section then and there. At 35 weeks, though, both babies flipped to vertex. (Let me just put in a plug here for those pelvic tilts and inclined plane exercises!) Five days later my water broke.
At first it was kind of a trickle and I kept waiting for the contractions to start like they had with my daughter. After about 3 hours, I called my doula for advice. Still getting some water leaking but no blood or contractions. She advised me to call my doctor. The nurse told me to just come in to the hospital and get checked out. So off we went.
By the time I was seen, it had been about 4.5 hours since my water had broken. Sure enough, it was amniotic fluid and despite the fact that I hadn't been able to deduce too many contractions, I was already dilated to a 4!
At that point, it was about 5:30pm. Fortunately, my doctor was still there (he does a lot of on calls around the city for the different hospitals, but Tuesdays are his days at UMC). It was just such a relief to go into labor when I knew he would be there. He checked me and left me in the care of the residents to get checked in and labor away. 7 hours later at 2am, I was dilated to a 9, my cervix was 95% effaced and baby A was at a +2 station. From there, it took me another 6 hours and a bit of persuasion from my doc and the resident doc to get me to completion. They let me push my son to crowning in the labor room and then we were headed to the OR.
From there the magic just continued. Two pushes later at 9:19am, my beautiful son, Landon Joseph, was born weighing 5 lbs. 7 oz. and 19 3/8 inches long. His sister decided to do a few acrobatics. Consequently, Callie Dyann was delivered feet first about 5 minutes later, weighing 6 lbs. 3 oz. and 19 1/4 inches long. Absolutely unbelievable. It was truly the greatest feeling to know that we had done it. I leave out some of the other details because this is plenty long for anyone to read, but I wouldn't have had their birth any other way. It was beautiful.
I wish everyone on this board the same success.
Much love and best wishes,
Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!
if you don't mind sharing, what is the name of the Dr.? (you can PM me if you don't want to post) I would love to know though!
I was a somewhat blue post-partum....I missed my belly and I would go to pat it and talk to the baby...only to realize my belly was gone now. It was a little disconcerting, considering I'd been living with it for so long, gotten used to talking to it and stuff...and now it was gone.
Happy to be a mommy and teacher to D , born 1-17-06 via and A , born 10-6-08 with a
for the purpose of connecting other families to doctors who will work beyond the narrow confines of "normal". (You could pm me if you'd prefer of course)
AND congratulations...thank you for sharing your story!
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|The pregnancy was incredible. (So much so that I'm very much missing my belly right now and having some postpartum issues.|
Anyway, sorry it took me until now to respond, but I just saw your post and couldn't not say anything. I definitely think you're not alone in feeling that way...
Congrats on the babies! Hope everyone is doing well now!